How to create a coloured pencil effect from a black and white line drawing

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This tutorial shows a quick and easy way to create a coloured pencil effect from a black and white line drawing (originally a photo).

I had a couple of comments on a previous post asking how to change the finished black and white line drawing into a coloured line drawing. I will start the tutorial from where I left the previous post. If you are starting this tutorial afresh start at Step 2.

I am starting with a new image ‘Locomotive ChS4-072 2011 G1.jpg‘ by ‘George Chernilevsky‘ and have followed the steps in ‘How to change a photo into a pencil line drawing‘ to turn it into a black and white line drawing.

original image
original image
Black and White Line Drawing
Black and White Line Drawing

Step 1.
If you have just finished the previous tutorial, you should have your main picture as a line drawing and you will have 3 layers in the layers palette. Merge these layers – to do this select the 3 layers in the layers palette (Hold Apple / ctrl to select multiple layers) and select Apple E / ctrl E.

merge layers
merge layers

Step 2.
You should have your line drawing now on a single layer in the layers palette. Create a new layer (select the icon at the bottom of the layers palette to the left of the bin).

create a new layer
create a new layer

Step 3.
Move the new layer beneath the line drawing. Click and drag the layers in the layers palette to do this. (If the drawing layer is a background layer which is locked – double click this layer in the layers palette and choose ‘ok’ to unlock it).

move the new layer to the bottom
move the new layer to the bottom

Step 4.
Choose the paint bucket from the toolbar and choose the colour that you would like the line drawing to be in the colour palette.

select paint bucket and colour
select paint bucket and colour

Step 5.
Select the new layer you’ve created in the layers palette and fill the canvas with colour. (This layer is hidden behind the line drawing on top, so you will only see the change in the layers palette).

colour the bottom layer
colour the bottom layer

Step 6.
Select the line drawing layer and choose ‘screen’ from the drop down menu. Your line drawing will now taken on the colour of the layer beneath.

select screen on the top layer
select screen on the top layer
coloured pencil effect
coloured pencil effect

Step 7.
You can continue to change the colour of the line drawing and add more colours to the bottom layer.

adjust the background to change the colours
adjust the background to change the colours
2 colours
2 colours

Step 8.
Try using a multi gradient on the bottom layer to create a rainbow effect

rainbow effect
rainbow effect

 

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Comments (13)

  1. I do Games Development at College and i am using Photoshop, Illustrator and many other software. Your tutorials are amazing they have gave me new ideas to to make my work better and to show off the effects! Keep up the good work!

  2. Hi Matthew, glad you find them useful, thanks for your comments. Good Luck with your course 🙂

  3. hi, I am a designer / drawer from Brazil and I would like to thank you so very much for your tutorials! they are really great 😀

  4. Thanks for your comments Mariana, much appreciated 🙂

  5. Both tutorials have been so easy for me as a beginner to follow and really helped! Just wondering how you can invert the colour so that the line drawing is now white and the background coloured. Thanks!

  6. Hannah

    Good morning, I would like to know if I send you a picture of a Restaurant will you
    change it into a sketch? I would like to use is as a logo, please let me know, thanks.

  7. Hi Pedro, Yes that is something that I could help you with. If you are still interested please contact me through the contact form of this website and I’ll be able to send quote you a for the work. Thanks.

  8. Instead of merging the layers from the previous articles steps, you can change the opacity on the middle layer and it will give you a colored pencil look in the colors of the photo.

  9. I really like the way you explain , there are many experts in the web but they have no talent in the teaching process!! love the way you make it seem and is simple!! Thanks!!!

  10. Thanks Richard, great idea 🙂

  11. Oh! i find it… now i get the way from u… thank so much for this… i got it… 🙂

  12. Thank’s Hannah, great Tutorial, worked perfectly and very easy to follow!

  13. Thank’s Hannah, great Tutorial, worked perfectly and very easy to follow!

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